At home rice is seen as a filler food, and the idea of eating a plain bowl of rice as a side dish seems just plain boring. That is what I thought before coming here. I will still admit that rice still tastes pretty boring to me, but I now truly see its worth. I have a pansy stomach, it is almost always upset. But since I've moved here, my stomach has stopped hurting, and I think it is largely influenced my new increased consumption of rice. When asked about rice, most Japanese people will tell you that it balances your food for digestion, and that because it is so easy on your stomach it is important to eat at every meal. I think they are right. My stomach has never felt better. There are of course many other elements that play a part in my new wonderful stomach health, but for now, give rice a second chance, your stomach might just thank you.
If you are interested in the fruits of my highly biased research, check out what I've found. I love researching.
In general research tends to show that overall rice is not good for you. It is nutritionally void, high in calories, and increases your risks of diabetes. The pros are, it is very easy to digest, it is hypoallergenic, and it is very filling.
This is from a diet site, it succinctly states the pros to eating white rice.
This article is just plain cool:
For every serving of rice eaten per day your risk of type II diabetes goes up 11%, unless you match your increased consumption with increased exercise.